Jacqueline Battalora


"The Legal Invention of White People"

Professor Jacqueline Battalora of Saint Xavier University will explain where, when, how, and why the human category called "white people" was first utilized in law. This legal history begins in the 1600s in the British colonies of North America and concludes with evidence of "white people” being asserted and imposed as a matter of foundational U.S. law.


About Professor Battalora:

Jacqueline Battalora is  the author of Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of White People and Its Relevance Today and numerous articles. She is an editor for the Journal of Understanding and Dismantling Privilege. She is an attorney and professor of sociology at Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a former Chicago Police Officer.

She teaches courses in law and society having completed her Ph.D. at Northwestern University where her research was shaped by an interest in the social forces that make deep human connections so difficult to sustain when people do not share the same race. Battalora’s graduate training includes: social ethics, theology, sociology, and law. Her areas of research include: critical race legal theory; whiteness & law; race & social ethics. Her writings explore the enforcement of divisions between people specifically, the making of human difference in law.

Battalora speaks widely on the topic of the invention of white people in law and has been conducting white awareness and inclusivity and equity training since 1996. She has trained undergraduate and graduate students, teachers as well as lawyers, judges, activists, corporate and law enforcement officials on the legal historical record of white privilege and its implications for work conducted today.

Her work is featured on:
• the web-based instructional series: Anthropology in 10 minutes or Less;
• the Documentary Film, The American L.O.W.S. by Darnley R. Hodge, Jr.;
• the Documentary Film, HAPI by Gerard Grant; and
• is a regular contributor on the Philippe Matthews Show.

Learn more at: JacquelineBattalora.com  https://facebook.com/JBattalora/


Our Adult Programs:
A typical Sunday meeting begins at 10:30, ends at noon and consists of a speaker or presentation focusing on current issues, ethical philosophy, lifespan education, or the arts. Platforms are open to the public and admission is free, although we request a donation of $5.
Our Program for Children:
The Golden Rule Sunday School, for children from birth through 8th grade, also meets every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to noon, September through May. For more info, contact the Sunday School director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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March 10
8:00 pm 




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